Reporter Fired Over Blog Posts About Work/Life…Do You Think The Station Was Justified?
My initial thoughts to the reporter are this…do what you think is best for you, but don’t be upset that the station does the same. You are supposed to be a journalist who reports on news stories and issues that have an impact on the public. Your thoughts are your own and you are entitled to them, but when you make them public to the world through the internet they are no longer in your head or known by a small number of people. Frankly the things you wrote would damage your ability to gain the trust of a source. They also show true disregard to your duty as a professional reporter. They are also very disrespectful to the residents of your town. I personally don’t care about this reporter or her blog and the 15 minutes of fame you’re getting now will fade fast. Just my thoughts, but I am also representative of this radio station and company.
Here is the post from Shea Allen’s Blog:
This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for. To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It’s funny, satirical and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn’t fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche.
Here’s the thing, I’ve vowed to always fight for the right of free expression. It’s allowed, no matter what the profession. I pride myself in having earned the respect of many because I make no apologies for the truth and hold nothing back. I don’t fight for things because they serve me, I fight for them because they are right. Sources trust me because I am an unadulterated version of the truth. I won’t ever bend just because its popular to do so and I’m not bending now.
This is my voice. Hope it makes you laugh.
1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
5. I hate the right side of my face.
6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)